Flying Lotus to Make Directorial Debut with 'Royal' Short Film
Titled Royal, the producer is credited as "steve" (short for his birth name Steven Ellison). The short will debut as part of Sundance NEXT Fest, set to run from August 12 to 14 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Taking to Twitter this afternoon (July 6), he described the film as "an awkward love story that's not for the kiddies."
Last month while playing Levitation in Vancouver, FlyLo hinted at a new secret project but cut himself short before revealing any real details.
Six new independent films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival will be "paired with a music act, live performance, or conversation with an icon of independent cinema." This year's event will see Shamir perform alongside So Yong Kim's Lovesong, while Sunflower Bean will perform alongside a screening Andrew Neel's Goat. A "surprise music artist" will also perform alongside Jim Hosking's The Greasy Strangler.
Flying Lotus last scored the Eddie Alcazar-directed short film FUCKKKYOUUU, which was screened at Sundance last year. He is also set to lend his musical talent to an upcoming film starring Shia LaBoeuf.
Read through Flying Lotus's tweets below.
Happy I'm finally able to share the news. There's been something brewing....— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
In October of last year there was this pretty awesome gif going around of me and Thom Yorke djing. pic.twitter.com/l09Y48Gvhq— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
I was fixated on this for a whole day and thought. Shit. I can make stuff like that— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
So now after lots of toiling tinkering begging and bothering I'm able to tell u this. Brainfeeder has started a film division— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
It started off with an animation and became something else..@DAVID_FIRTH started teaching me animation. So he was the first person I signed— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
My first thing is called "Royal" it's an awkward love story that's definitely not for the kiddies. It will debut at the Sundance /Next fest— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
I know I usually deliver album news around now but look at this face.... pic.twitter.com/ZP7InDfMuo— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
There will obviously be music :)— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
There's so much I wanna say about all this stuff. I knw the world is crazy. I just wanna entertain u— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016
Come see my directorial debut "Royal" at Sundance / next fest in LA this August. Let my unfiltered imagination wash over your lovely face.— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) July 6, 2016